If I'm honest, its is not very often that I try my hand with hardware RAID solutions. As a matter of fact, the closest I get to running RAID on a regular basis is with NAS appliances. Coming from my experience on NAS platforms, the HighPoint solution we have here today is nearly as simple to setup and manage. The included software with this platform is Windows 10 ready, and compatible with the Microsoft Edge browser, and that made it simple for me now that our test systems have made the switch. Once you are inside the web management, everything is tabbed and pretty straightforward. Setting up a RAID array is simple.
The build quality of this solution is quite good, the aluminum structure of the DAS is a single piece design, and while they do utilize a plastic front bezel, it does seem durable enough. The single downfall that I did find myself with the enclosure was how loud it was. When testing, you could hear the fans spool up which in turn did keep drive temperatures down. Lower drive temperatures is a plus, but I do feel they should use larger fans in the future that will move the same amount of air much quieter. Another quick thing to note is the plastic bezel on the front of this unit is very glossy and as such does attract fingerprints and dust.
Performance wise, the pairing of the RocketRAID 4522 with this new enclosure produced fantastic results. In RAID 0, our sequential numbers peaked near 900 MB/s, which is certainly quick for four HDDs. Higher RAID levels such as 5, 6 and 10 produced 600 and 400 MB/s, respectively. Diving through our workloads, we found random write and web server to be consistently near the top, even through RAID 5, 6 and 10.
Overall, the RocketStor 6414AS is a solid hardware RAID solution, no matter if you choose to go the route of capacity over performance. One thing to note that is pretty common but not included with this HBA is a fan. While the RocketRAID 4522 does enjoy an adequate copper heat sink, it is very important to have airflow near it. While this unit will most likely be added in a 3U or 4U server chassis that forces air through, for those that do install in a desktop environment, it is worth noting.
As of this writing, the HighPoint RocketStor 6414AS carries an MSRP of $599.99 with a three-year warranty.
|Quality including Design and Build||87%|
|Bundle and Packaging||83%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||87%|
The Bottom Line: HighPoint's RocketStor 6414AS represents a ton of value for top-tier storage solutions. With its excellent MSRP and high level features, this is certainly a unit to look at for those in the market.
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